Glaciers on the Move
Grade Levels K-8
Summary: In an inquiry base activity, students learn about how glaciers move by observing how a "flubber" glacier slides down a tiny mountain valley. While honing their observation skills, they will learn how slope and basal conditions (roughness of the ground surface) affect glacier movement.
- National Standards Addressed:
- 2nd Grade
- 2-ESS-1: Use information from several sources to provide evidence that Earth events can occur quickly or slowly.
- ESS1.C: The History of Planet Earth
- ESS2.A: Wind and water can change the shape of the land.
- 4th Grade
- 4-ESS2.1: Make observations and/or measurements to provide evidence of the effects of weathering or the rate of erosion by water, ice, wind, or vegetation.
- ESS2.A: Earth Materials and Systems
- Middle School
- MS-EE2-S: Construct and explanation based on evidence for how geoscience processes have changed Earth’s surface at varying time and spatial scales.
- ESS2.C: The Roles of Water in Earth’s Surface Processes
- Colorado State Standards Addressed:
- 5th Grade
- Earth Science 3.2: Earth’s surface changes constantly through a variety of processes and forces.
- 6th Grade
- Earth Systems Science 3.1: Complex interrelationships exist between Earth’s structure and natural processes that over time are both constructive and destructive.